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Subject: Anybody have rabbits?
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:36 PM ET
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My daughter has two rabbits that have been here for about 4 years.  Suddenly one of them has a huge bald

spot on the underside of his neck and on his chest.  Anyone have ideas what this could be?

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 9:24 AM ET
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Is the spot completely bald? or a circle. Years ago my neighbor's dog had ring worm and passed it to us. One of my cats got it, but not the other. If that's what it is, I think only a vet can handle it. For people you can buy stuff over the counter. Anyone in the house have a circle type rash?

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 12:19 PM ET
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Thanks for your advice.  It doesn't look like ringworm to me, but who knows.  We go to the vet tomorrow, so I'll let you know.

I thought it may be fur mites that came in on a bale of hay.  I thought I was doing something nice for the bunnies and maybe

it wasn't such a good idea.  We'll see.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 4:01 PM ET
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Yeah, please, let me know in case it comes up with someone else, I keep saying I'm going to get a bunny...I might need your advice.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 12:35 PM ET
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Well, the bunny went to the vet and thank goodness it's not any kind of bug!  They think it's some kind of fungus that

may have come in on the hay or even the litter.  So, now the bunny has wipes, antibiotics and vitamin paste.  And the vet told me

the best type of bedding to use is the recycled paper kind because it's sterilized.  Something to keep in mind if you get that bunny.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 12:42 PM ET
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If you mean kitty litter, does that mean it's possible that cats can catch it? I live in Maine and I see a lot of bales of hay wound up in the fields to be sold. I imagine if it's moist all kinds of things can grow in it. Good luck with him.

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 8:27 PM ET
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I imagine a cat can get it if they're exposed to something growing the fungus (like the hay) or if they are in a very moist environment.

The vet asked if maybe there was a leaky water bottle and that was making the cage damp.

It's a hoot watching my daughter trying to get the meds into the bunny!  Thank heavens he's the one with a good disposition.

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 12:34 PM ET
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I am in Maine as well. I once got a bale of hay from the middle of the road:) My daughter and I have two guinea pigs. I required a rabbit last night from a neighbor he is only here for um...a few weeks (thats my story and I am sticking to it.) I have baled hay. It is cut, put into rows and flipped over to dry a few times. It has been awhile so I don't remember the correct terms. That is why you are to "bale hay when the sun shines". You do not want it wet.

I am looking for a good rabbit book or website. I have been reading rabbit.org.  I know a bit, but want to know some more.

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 4:38 PM ET
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You're in Limerick...very close, I'm in Lyman. And, here I sit on the computer watching yet MORE snow. We've bought hay, but only for grass seed. It didn't matter if it was wet. It does seem that everyone has to be so much more careful of what we buy these days. Once I bought canned cat food and one made my cat deathly ill. I had to rush him to the vets.

I've never had a rabbit, so no info, but becareful on-line. If you visit one, visit many. They seem to contradict each other sometimes to the extreme. Did you try to find books in PBS?